beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUL 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a growler, thanks to JoetheYounger. Pours ebony with a tall khaki head. Rich nose of caramel and cocoa. As it warms a soft licorice and vanilla note bring out complexity. Some definite diacetyl, but not off putting with the chocolate flavors. Finish has some perceived dryness from the cocoa powder notes. Body is heavy and smooth, nice creamy texture enhances the chocolate notes. Maybe a touch on the bitter side and could use a bit of black malt for some grit, but a really tasty porter none the less.
rafax (51) - POLAND - MAY 2, 2016
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark brown, very clear with small head and pretty nice lacing. Aromas of chocolate, rosted malts and coffee, could have been stronger... Medium body with pleasant oily mouth feel. In taste rosted malts and coffee with bitterness in finish. Some sweet, vanila in the background. Very drinkable for it’s 8%.
Benzai (12226) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ home. Opaque dark brown color with a dark red glare coming through when held into the light, medium to full sized beige to light brown head. Aroma is malts, cocoa, chocolate and a hint of dark grapes and raisins. Taste malts, chocolate, cocoa, a slight hint of vanilla and raisins, a slight hint of grapepeel and a decent bitter finish. Medium body and carbonation. A bit thinner texture - wise as to what I had expected. Nice though.
gyllenbock (6903) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Whole Foods, Santa Monica.
Dark brown with a medium head. Aroma of light chocolate, malt and some "earth". Similar taste, also with some vanilla. Drinkable but nothing special.
SirLimpsalot (3453) - SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2016
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
@ Cal Mar Hotel 16-3-13: Lite unken doft. Ganska tunn smak med endast små toner av choklad och lite vanilj.
Idiosynkrasie (5875) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JAN 28, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle. Dark brown colour with ruby red glimmer and average, thick, creamy, fairly lasting and lacing, beige head. Chocolately, dark malty aroma, hints of milk chocolate, some dark chocolate, cocoa, an earthy spicy touch of blueberry and liquorice. Taste is slightly sweet dark malty, chocolately, dry hints of cocoa, a touch of blueberry and liquorice; rich, full bodied, integrated, slightly sticky palate.
solidfunk (6791) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Some roast and light chocolate. Pours dark brown with good head and lacing. Light sweet finish. Bottle shared at tasting.
Huhzubendah (3330) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Translucent mahogany body with a touch of crimson. Malty, nutty, earthy, brown bread aroma. Chocolate presence isn’t especially assertive. Dry finish. Light-medium body. Pretty good.
Travlr (19567) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 9, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear brown color, tan head. Aroma of cocoa. Taste has coffee grounds, cocoa powder.
beertholomeus (1545) - California, USA - DEC 9, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a near black color with a khaki head. Chocolate, caramel, toffee, roasty malt, coffee and toast aroma. Chocolate, unroasted coffee, vanilla, toast, caramel, toffee, funk, herbal hop and roasty malt flavors. Medium full body and moderate carbonation. Unroasted coffee, toast and vanilla finish.
dionysus (1485) - Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pours deep brown/black with a thick beige head. Aroma shows heavy roast with notes of cocoa, coffee, molasses, alcohol, and earthy hops. Flavor is fairly sweet with notes of cocoa, burnt peanut brittle, anise, overripe dark fruit, and a touch of vanilla. Overall body is moderate, sweet and the finish is somewhat astringent with a definite alcohol presence.